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A tale of two crossings

Earlier this week on the same day I was involved in an incident – or rather two – at the traffic lights within 75 yards of my abode which may or may not sum up the way this country is going at the moment. Let me set the scene. For the past fortnight or more – and certainly the foreseeable [...]

October 19, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard / The Westbury and Goring Hotel

Over the years I have been contributing to the Rust I have often reviewed restaurants and sometimes hotels but never their bars so today’s piece is on the latter at two of London’s most underrated hotels. I was meeting an old friend in the property world so the Westbury in Conduit Street [...]

October 18, 2018 // 0 Comments

Peter Brackley

I was so upset to learn of the passing of Peter Brackley aged 67 last night. You would not call him old school as a commentator – he commented on Channel 4’s innovatory Football Italia – but he belonged to a previous non Premier league era. Always a Brighton fanatic he contributed an [...]

October 15, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard/The Ram at Ferle

There is a disconnect between restaurant critics’ reviews, almost invariably metro and new, and restaurants that the vast majority of diners want to visit. That is why diners rely on the internet search engines. A good example of a popular restaurant is a decent country pub but when was the last [...]

October 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Now you see them – now you don’t …

Okay, I am coming out of the woods with my hands up – I deliberately tuned in yesterday to ITV’s live coverage of the Royal Wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank in Windsor, more of curiosity than anything else but half-hoping that the crowds would be sparse and that opportunities for [...]

October 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

Bateman House, Burwash

On what may well be the last hot day of this glorious summer extending into autumn, I was delighted to be visiting yesterday Bateman’s, the home of Rudyard Kipling, just east of Lewes which he bought in 1902 for £9,300 which came with 33 acres. At the height of his popularity and fame Kipling [...]

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

There’s nowt so complicated as folk

To begin today, first a necessary disclaimer paragraph or two. Women and men – never mind anyone technically (physically or mentally) somewhere in between – are simultaneously both very similar and very different. I’d suggest that logic and scientific research tells us this, though no [...]

October 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

Once more unto the breach

Here’s another in my new collection of the world of political correctness, ‘Snowflake Generation’, diversity and all those other fashionable campaigning causes gone mad. Spotted today was this report by Brett Lackey – on a supposedly sexist advertisement that has prompted a [...]

October 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Some things and people are just beyond the Pale

As has been my wont for over thirty years – along with others of a similar bent – I played in an informal annual golf tournament yesterday. The participants are an eclectic bunch. Some have been pals for all this time, some are friends of regulars picked up at some point along the way and [...]

October 6, 2018 // 0 Comments

Passing the MOT ( twice)

On Monday my 20 year old Volvo passed its MOT and yesterday I passed my annual medical subject to the blood test revealing anything untoward. Cars have never interested me. I recall my dear old dad, who was forever changing cars till he bought a Bentley Continental and stuck with Bentleys for the [...]

October 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

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